20 Nov , 2014

CPRC in Investor’s Business Daily: “America Should Make It Easier To Carry Guns”

John Lott’s newest piece at Investor’s Business Daily discusses what Americans can learn from Israel about stopping terrorism.  The piece starts this way:

Terrorism is forcing Israel to let civilians carry guns in even the most sensitive religious areas in the wake of Palestinian attacks in places from a sidewalk to the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue.

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20 Nov , 2014

CPRC on KIRO radio to discuss concealed handguns and crime

Here is a radio interview that John Lott had on the Jason Rantz radio show on November 19, 2014 on KIRO AM (710 in Seattle).

19 Nov , 2014

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With Ferguson verdict about to come down, the view of police on gun ownership for personal protection

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With gun sales in Ferguson soaring by between 525 and 700 percent according to one discussion in the Washington Post and police apparently warning civilians to get a gun before the verdict is announced, it is useful to look at how police officers generally feel about gun ownership.  …

18 Nov , 2014

How Israel is responding to terrorist attacks: recognizing that armed police/military can’t protect everywhere

The horrible death today at Har Nof Shul left five people dead and others wounded.  Israel’s Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, who has been pushing for ever tighter gun control laws, has announced some easing of controls, letting some people carry with them all the time, even in sensitive places (see also here and here).  …


16 Nov , 2014

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Problems with the Washington Post’s and Huffington Post’s “more guns, more crime” claims

The media over the last couple of days has been pointing to a revised paper by Abhay Aneja, John J. Donohue III, and Alexandria Zhang that has been floating around in various forms since at least 2009.  Their earlier paper claimed that right-to-carry laws and no impact on murder, rape and robber. …

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16 Nov , 2014

Mother uses permitted concealed handgun to protect her 13-year-old son after armed gang members shoot him in the leg and foot

Our research shows how it is poor blacks who live in high crime urban areas who benefit the most from having a gun to protect themselves.  This story from ABC TV News in Columbus,  Ohio provides a dramatic example of this point:

A mother and her 13-year-old son were at the corner store in their neighborhood when police say two men approached them and opened fire, shooting her son in both feet.


12 Nov , 2014

Turner Hall Invitation

CPRC Talk on Gun Control in Waco, Texas on Nov 24th


The Waco Tribune announced the talk here.


12 Nov , 2014

9th Circuit Appeals Court decision means ends of attempt to over turn decision that struck down California’s concealed carry law

From Fox News:

the same three-judge panel that struck down restrictions on the permits earlier this year ruled Wednesday that it is too late for new opponents to join the fight against the ruling.

The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would bar other law enforcement officials, including state Attorney General Kamala Harris, from appealing its ruling .

11 Nov , 2014

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Murder rate continues to fall as concealed handgun permits soar

With the new crime data just released by the FBI yesterday, the big increase in concealed handgun permits after 2007 continues to be associated with a decline in murder rates (for the number of concealed handgun permits in 2013  see our report available here).

10 Nov , 2014

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Gallup Survey Shows how people’s views on the benefits of guns has change over the last 15 years

According to Gallup, there has been a massive increase in the percent of the population who views that safety is increased by having guns in the home.  With the exception of Democrats, every single demographic group that Gallup breaks out thinks that having a gun in the home makes people safer (even women by a a 58 to 34 percent majority).…